The Rockies have signed 31-year old lefty starting pitcher Jeff Francis to a 1-year deal. He will move right into the Rockies’ starting rotation. He pitched in 12 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Reds earlier this year and he was 3-6 with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. He has now pitched in 181 games (180 starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 61-66 with a 4.78 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. Francis came up with the Rockies in 2004 and he pitched with them through the 2010 season. Francis has pitched in 150 games (149 starts) in his first six years with the Rockies and he is 55-50 with a 4.77 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. Francis is currently #3 in games started in Rockies’ history with 149 of them. He is also #4 in wins (55), #6 in ERA (4.77), #4 in WHIP (1.43), #3 in innings pitched (882 2/3), #4 in strikeouts (603) and he is also tied for #3 in shutouts with 2 of them. The Rockies hope that Francis can give the rotation stability every five days.